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Deep blue
Donnelly, Jennifer, author.
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New York : Listening Library ; Prince Frederick, MD : Distributed by Recorded Books, ℗2014.
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6 audio discs (450 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Uncovering an ancient evil, Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas, to save their hidden world.
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Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin's arrow poisons Sera's mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin's master and prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world's very existence.

Author Notes

Jennifer Donnelly was born in Port Chester, New York in 1963. She majored in English literature and European history at the University of Rochester. Her books for adults include The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose, and The Wild Rose. She is also the author of a picture book for children entitled Humble Pie and several young adult novels including Revolution and These Shallow Graves. A Northern Light was awarded Britain's Carnegie Medal, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction, and a Michael L. Printz Honor.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Just when Sera, the heir to the throne of a vast underwater mermaid matriarchy, is basking in the success of perfectly performing the rites of ascendancy, her city is ambushed, her parents are killed, and now officially but reluctantly Regina she's on the run from powerful forces seeking to destroy much more than just her city. If that weren't enough, Sera's been having terrifyingly vivid dreams, which summon her and five other teenage mermaids to a mysterious coven of river witches in order to decipher an ancient prophesy and unlock their hidden powers. Best-selling Donnelly (Revolution, 2010) builds an alluring mermaid civilization and history, filled with painterly descriptions of Sera's underwater palace and its unearthly architecture, her sumptuous wardrobe, and the menagerie of half-human, half-marine animal denizens. There's also plenty of romantic tension with handsome mermen, strife between merls (that's girl mermaids) from rival regions, and some powerful female friendships amid the fast-paced plot, filled with wondrous magic. This series opener raises far more questions than it answers, but it lays a promising groundwork for the forthcoming volumes. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This $500,000 marketing campaign features TV spots, a national author tour, and even an original song. This series will be a part of your world.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Donnelly (Revolution) opens the four-book Waterfire Saga with a richly imagined novel set in an undersea world of mermaids descended from the lost citizens of Atlantis. Serafina is heir to the Mediterranean realm of Miromara, but just as she is about to be recognized as its future ruler in the high-pressure Dokimi ceremony, a devastating attack throws her life into flux. Led by cryptic dreams they share, Serafina and fellow princess Neela try to evade the conquering forces while seeking four other powerful young mermaids. Donnelly blends references to ancient myth and human language (especially Latin), with a mermaid culture that has its own magic, lore, and slang ("currensea," "merlfriend") that may strike some readers as too cutesy. Themes of conquering fear and believing in oneself are woven throughout, along with an acknowledgment of humans' environmental impact on the sea and its inhabitants. Despite the high stakes and a few frightening moments, the story is never overserious; it's just right for readers who have grown up with, but aged out of, The Little Mermaid and the Disney Fairies franchise. Ages 10-14. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-This first book in Donnelly's new series introduces Serafina, a 16-year-old mermaid princess and future ruler of the underwater kingdom Miromara. Sera awakens from a strange dream on the morning of the Dokimi, a ceremony in which she and Mahdi, crown prince of Matali, are to be betrothed. In the dream, a sea witch called to Sera, urging her to join five others in stopping an ancient evil. Sera dismisses the dream as nonsense, but that evening during the ceremony, her kingdom is brutally attacked. In the confusion, she and her best friend, Princess Neela, swim away to safety, only to find that they are being pursued. With the help of some unexpected allies, the two mermaids gather all the magic and strength within them in an attempt to save their kingdoms. As narrator, Bea Miller creates unique voices for the characters and maintains a brisk pace to prevent the story from lagging. Listeners may have occasional difficulty telling the characters' voices apart. Donnelly uses strong sensory detail to create an imaginative and inviting underwater world. Fans of mermaids and Anna Banks's "Syrena Legacy" books will enjoy this book and eagerly await the sequel.-Amanda Spino, Ocean County Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.